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Connect all household electronic devices to Internet with Electric Imp

Soon you can connect every electronic item in your household to the Internet with the help of a tiny card named Imp Card. Former iPhone engineering manager Hugo Fiennes, former Gmail designer Kevin Fox, and firmware engineer Peter Hartley have founded a company named Electric Imp whose mission is to turn every product you own into an Internet-connected device.

How Imp Card works?

Imp Cards are SD-card sized chips that contain a Wi-Fi antenna and an embedded processor. To pair an Imp card with any piece of electronic gadget, you only need to connect it to an Imp microcontroller board. Electric Imp is also in talks with product manufactures to have Imp card compatible slots pre-installed. Once the gadgets are all linked up, they will connect to the Imp cloud. From there, you can remotely control them from a smartphone or even work with other connected equipment.

If you want to know more about this tiny card named Imp Card, click here.

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Fujitsu® to launch a device to track your pet’s activities

There is a good piece of news for those who love their pets. Information and communication technology provider Fujitsu is going to launch a device that can help pet owners track the activities of their pets. This device can help the owners prevent illnesses in their pets, it is important that their daily activities be monitored, as is the case for humans.

How the device will work

The special device can be attached to a pet’s collar to monitor his level of activity and other data. Starting in the second half of 2012, the company will begin offering a new cloud service to provide pet health management support using sensor data collected from the device.

Fujitsu will exhibit this new service at Fujitsu Forum 2012, which is scheduled to be held on May 17 and May 18 at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan.

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LG® launches its own Cloud storage service

Korean handset maker, LG Electronics has become the latest company to join the race of Cloud storage. Named LG Cloud, the Cloud storage service of LG will allow users to access content across various electronic devices.

The only thing required by the user to use the LG Cloud service will be to download the LG Cloud app for their Android smartphone from Google Play or from the LG SmartWorld app store. The users can even get the required app for their LG TV from the latter app store, while the app for PCs and laptops is available on LG’s official website for download.

LG Cloud is the first that allows users to manage and consume all types of content on ‘three screens’ which includes Android smartphones, PCs and smart TVs… without a separate set-top box, explains LG.

The main USP of LG Cloud will be its real-time streaming transcoding technology that can make the content playable in an ideal format. So, if the user is on Android smartphone and wants to watch a film then it can be automatically converted and made compatible to suit the handset.

Google™ enters into a cloud computing deal with BBVA

Search engine giant Google has entered into their biggest enterprise deal with one of the largest banks of Spain – BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria). The deal involves the bank signing up for Google cloud computing services, which will be offered as a software service via Internet.

BBVA revealed that the bank will be using Google tools for internal communication. As many as 110,000 employees from twenty six countries will be using Google services such as Gmail, time-management tool calendar, website-creation program sites, and data storage service docs. These tools will, however, be used only for internal communication.

“We are confident we can have more and more larger companies from all over the world because of the benefits we are bringing,” said Sebastien Marotte, Google Enterprise vice president for Europe.

The deal is a breakthrough in the banking sector, since owing to security concerns, banks do not prefer cloud computing. BBVA’s director of innovation Carmen Herranz said that the main objective of the project is to bring about a revolution in decision making and increase the work productivity. This, in a way, will also lead to an increase in the workforce mobility, since cloud computing will help working on tablets, smartphones, and laptops, at anytime and from anywhere.

This is the largest enterprise deal signed by Google till date. One of the spokesperson from BBVA said that the contract will run for a year at first and will be renewed the next year itself until any one among the partners wants to end it.

Are you geared up for cloud?

By now we all know about cloud computing. As we speak of clouds, more and more clouds are moving into our lives with excellent services. With cloud computing exclusive access to programs and services from anywhere with Internet often without having to install other software makes it real efficient, and above all getting access to the services from any device capable of reaching the network is even more better. With this power are we actually ready for the costs that this virtual machine offers? It has been reported that at a cloud computing conference in New York, many experts pointed out that the cloud is moving past the hype stage and is beginning to bring more solid profit to businesses and it includes better agility. Because of these types of costs it actually don’t prevent companies from getting real worth out of cloud services however they will have an blow on the whole cost-benefit study of these computing services.

Transferring or storing information can cost many lakhs a year to shift large volumes onto public cloud services and to store for longer periods of time. Most organizations may not realize the charges as the unpredicted cost of transferring data is for network bandwidth, cloud providers might charge upload and download fees and other costs, including internal labor. “People think there are no labor costs, but as you scale up … handle workload, there’s a complexity with managing large numbers of cloud instances, just like managing a large number of servers,” says Hernan Alvarez, senior director of IT and operations at WhitePages Inc. Definitely another big cost is for long-term storage of data on the cloud.

Software testing is another major feature as all applications are not ready for the cloud which can further increase the costs for cloud users. So be ready for any unexpected testing or debugging for one of your vendor apps that had not been run in a cloud configuration before like checking versions of different OS and database compatibility.

What about some data “trust”. To keep your information secure, you want to protect your files from prying eyes while also preventing them from being lost or inadvertently destroyed. If your primary concern is making sure that nobody but you ever sees your data, the cloud may not be for you. While most reputable cloud services offer strong guarantees that your data will be heavily encrypted and that no one inside the company has direct access to your files, you can never be 100 percent certain that something won’t go wrong. Even when cloud burst, they often keep the server’s active long enough for customers to recover or delete their files. And then is the service reliability. However the answer to the Cloud service provider’s privacy and low cost is that your data is more vulnerable to loss by a fire or other unexpected calamity, and even a simple power outage can knock the device offline. So think about it!

Microsoft® Sees Cloud Future For Embedded Computing

According to a Microsoft official, the company is trying to link embedded computing systems to the cloud. The cloud is going to reveal a number of wider options to embedded computing. Windows Embedded General Manager of Microsoft, Kevin Dallas made a note that the capability of capturing the intelligence from the verge of the network shall make an intense change in the charges which is going to be delivered for the enterprises. The real charge for the device is their capability to capture the data and to analyze that information which is necessary for driving business efficiencies.

The cloud is supposed to play a vital role in growing the range of embedded computing. Embedded computing involves placement of computer processors inside the common objects such as automobiles and refrigerators in order to gather data from the users. Though embedded devices are not anything new, their usage is rapidly growing because of plummeting charges of processors and the increasing ubiquity of the Internet. Deliveries of embedded systems are supposed to increase from approximately $1.4 billion in 2010 to $3.3 billion in 2015, according to IDC. This idea of inexpensive and abundant network-connected embedded devices is termed as Internet of things. This Internet of things should be thankful to cloud computing services, for example, Microsoft Azure. The idea of Internet of things has been for many years but it’s the cloud which provides the absent elements, said by Dallas.

Holders of vending machines could take advantage by outfitting their machines through the processors and making connections with network. A small system which is embedded inside the machine can easily keep a tally of snacks or other items which are sold. The holder of a series of retailing machines can easily get a running total of all the items being sold through all the machines. In place of sending a human being to see that when a machine wants to be switched off or updated, the machine will itself inform the corporation. It provides you more information over which of these retailing machines want to be refilled and which ones don’t. Overall prediction was made that end-devices can still do about 80% of the processing that wants to be done to the collected data. Such devices will condense the raw data and sends the result to back-end facilities.

Microsoft’s proposal of employing cloud and embedded computing is not amazing, given the company’s latest enthusiasm for everything is cloud. Earlier the company specified that it will spend 90% of its 2011 development and research budget on the development of cloud-related technologies. Researchers predicted that cloud computing is going to develop a market of $241 billion by 2020 from $40.7 billion in 2011.

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